***IMPORTANT*** Switching e-mail and RSS feeds

15 Aug

Hi YCUers!

We’ve switched over to a wordpress.org format on the youngcraftersunite.com domain, so everything will look the same, but the RSS and e-mail feeds have changed. If you wouldn’t mind, please go there and you can add the new page to your blog reader, feed burner or you can subscribe to our blog via the feedburner box on the right.

Thanks so much for your help and attention to this! We’ll be back tomorrow with the announcement of our DT. :)

Britta and Marie

Introducing… Our Sponsor!

9 Aug

Since it’s only a week until we announce the fantabulous design team, I thought I would pop in today and introduce (or re-introduce, in most cases) someone that is very important to us here at YCU. His name is Simon!


Yes, that’s right, Simon Says Stamp has very generously offered to sponsor our monthly challenges with a $25 gift certificate to their store. They’re awesome. I wouldn’t back up someone so full-heartedly unless I stood behind them, and every experience I’ve had with Simon Says is delightful (and so are the people that work there).

I wanted to share a few things that are on my wishlist at Simon Says. Maybe you’ll stop over there and support them like they’re generously supporting us. :)













Hope you’re looking forward to the challenge in two weeks. We can’t wait to share! Thanks again, Simon Says Stamp, for being an awesome sponsor.

Britta and Marie

Something big is coming!

5 Aug

That’s right, monthly challenges for all of us young crafters (no matter in what way you’re young!) begin August 23rd. We’re working hard behind the scenes to assemble an awesome design team, secure some sponsorships and make everything awesome.

For now, make sure you’re subscribed to the YCU blog (on the right side of the site, you can enter in your e-mail address to receive updates or you can add us to a reader with our RSS feed links). We’ll be back in the next couple of weeks with the announcement of and introduction to our design team. These young crafters are going to rock your socks off! Stay tuned for more updates as this awesome collaboration evolves.

Also, we have a twitter! Be sure to follow us here: YCUchallenge. We’ll be updating that regularly and will remind you about challenge deadlines and upcoming events. :)

Hope you’re excited as we are! See you back here soon. :)

Britta and Marie

Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop Winners!

6 Jul

The day that you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to announce the winners of our Young Crafters Unite blog hop. It’s our way of thanking you for participating in this event. It means so much to us, and we hope to do it again sometime soon!


Marie’s Choice – Winner of a $30 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp:
#14 Cathy Pulickal for her wonderful card with veggies and sunglasses!

Britta’s Choice – Winner of a $25 gift certificate to DeNami Design:
#25 Isha for her lovely tone-on-tone card with a sewing theme!

Random Blogger – Winner of a $20 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp:
#54 Efrat S. who has only been crafting for three months!

Random Blogger – Winner of a Paper Smooches stamp set of your choice:
#39 Danielle Daws who can seriously work some magic with colored pencils + mineral spirits!


Random Hopper – Winner of a $20 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp:
Elizabeth (who was also a blogger!) from her comment on Joy Taylor’s blog

Random Hopper – Winner of a Paper Smooches stamp set of your choice:
Lonely Rubber Stamp for her comment on Diane the Librarian’s blog

Random Hopper – Winner of a Lawn Fawn stamp set of your choice:
Natasha (also a blogger!) for her comment on Ashley Newell’s blog

We will contact the winners within the next couple of hours to get the prizes out to you. If you don’t receive anything by the end of today, go ahead and drop us an e-mail at legojenta@hotmail.com or britta.swiderski@gmail.com.

Thank you once again to our amazing sponsors. You guys rock! Make sure you check them out and send them love. :) Click on the icons to go to their websites.


We are both featuring some of our favorite posts from the hop on our blogs today. Check out Marie’s blog and Britta’s blog today for some of our favorites! Really, it was so hard to pick out of all of the amazing entries, though. Everyone did such an amazing job, and we hope that everyone got lots of happy comments and new subscribers!

We love you all and thank you so much much once again for participating. You’re definitely all winners in our eyes. :) We’re still in the process of figuring out what to do next with Young Crafters Unite, but we will let you know as soon as we have a plan, so don’t forget to add us to your RSS feed or subscribe to our posts via e-mail (look in the right side bar to do either of those things). Happy crafting, young creatives!

Marie and Britta

Official Blog Hop Links Post

5 Jul

Hi, crafters! What a weekend it was. Marie and I had such a fabulous time putting everything together and seeing it all come to life on the 1st. We hope you had a wonderful hop weekend as well!

Winners (both bloggers and hoppers) will be announced tomorrow, but in the meantime I wanted to post the blog hop permalinks. What’s a permalink? It’s the link that points directly to each post instead of each individual blog. This way, even if you’re seeing this hop three years in the future, you can still “hop” through and see all of the amazing inspiration from our lovely bloggers. Here’s the official list:

  1. Marie/Legojenta
  2. Aditya Gupta
  3. Leanne
  4. Ruby
  5. Kim Hughes
  6. Jen Rzasa
  7. Stephanie
  8. Jamie Leija
  9. Heather Ruwe
  10. Chari Moss
  11. Janice Daquila-Pardo
  12. Kelly Latevola
  13. Bunny Vance
  14. Cathy Pulickal
  15. Jan Hunnicutt
  16. Erin T.
  17. Priya Mohan
  18. Kathy Nakata
  19. Ezlie Perez
  20. Karen Baker
  21. Amy Courchaine
  22. DianetheLibrarian
  23. Christiana Reuling
  24. Jill Foster
  25. Isha
  26. Lynsey V.
  27. Danielle Walls
  28. Donna Bowman
  29. Cynthia
  30. Neha
  31. Mary McCarthy
  32. Tania A
  33. Ujjwal
  34. Amber R.
  35. Deena
  36. Kristy Smith
  37. Jillian Vance
  38. Ashley N Newell
  39. Danielle Daws
  40. Paulina Nakamura
  41. Michele
  42. Kathy Racoosin
  43. Natasha
  44. CiCi
  45. Melissa Shea
  46. Deborah Nolan
  47. Faith Abigail
  48. Vicky Papaioannou
  49. Heather I.
  50. Jess Larsen
  51. Anna K.
  52. Brittney Baker
  53. Madison
  54. Efrat S.
  55. Angie Ha
  56. Joy Taylor
  57. Lauren S.
  58. Wendy Frederick
  59. Lisa Geraty
  60. Elizabeth Campau
  61. Sandra
  62. Casey Gainey
  63. Patricia
  64. Amanda
  65. Britta Swiderski

Thank you again for hopping along with us! Now next, we have a question for you: what would you like to see next from Young Crafters Unite? Another blog hop in the future? A challenge? Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your comments and suggestions for the future. :)

See you tomorrow for the winner announcements!

Britta and Marie

Official Blog Hop Post!

1 Jul

Hello and welcome to the Young Crafters Unite blog hop! It’s now time to hop along to our fabulous bloggers and leave comments to win great prizes. Here are a few important things:

1. Make sure to leave a comment on each of our blogger’s posts to be entered to win one of the awesome prizes for hoppers. Comments will be randomly chosen via a random number generator, and three people will win a prize. A little birdie also told me that some bloggers may have their own giveaways on their blogs. All the more reason to leave a comment!

2. You have until Monday night (July 4th at 11:59 CST) to leave comments on each of the posts to be eligible for prizes. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, the 6th around noon CST (along with winners in the blogging category). Please leave only one comment on each blog post.

3. If you are viewing the hop after the forth, feel free to leave comments if you wish, but they will not be eligible for the drawing. Marie and I will be working behind the scenes to have permanent links posted to each one of the blog hop posts so that you can hop in the future and recap on all of these wonderful project. :)

4. A huge, ginormous thanks goes out to our wonderful sponsors of this hop. Make sure to check them out and give them some love!


5. THANK YOU for making this hop possible. It’s every single person who views this page, blogs or hops along that makes this possible. We are so happy to have arranged this for you! If you encounter any issues along the hop (a dead link, a missing post, etc.), please e-mail Marie or Britta (links in the sidebar) with your concern and we’ll try to solve the issue.

Without further ado, here is the grand blog hop list! If you get lost or come across a missing post, just come back here to youngcraftersunite.com and click on the next link in the order. :)

  1. legojenta.blogspot.com Marie
  2. craftzonespn.blogspot.com Aditya Gupta
  3. leeartsncrafts.blogspot.com Leanne
  4. handcraftedsimplybyus.blogspot.com Ruby
  5. papersmooches.blogspot.com Kim Hughes
  6. ourchangeofart.blogspot.com Jen Rzasa
  7. stephcreates.blogspot.com Stephanie
  8. paperheartproject.blogspot.com Jamie Leija
  9. scrapbookbakery.blogspot.com Heather Ruwe
  10. littlemisslittleness.blogspot.com Chari Moss
  11. theconstantscrapper.com Janice Daquila-Pardo
  12. disp6194-kellyscraps.blogspot.com Kelly Latevola
  13. bunnyrunswithscissors.blogspot.com Bunny Vance
  14. mrspicklestamps.blogspot.com Cathy Pulickal
  15. jans-gonestampin.blogspot.com Jan Hunnicutt
  16. homemadecardsbyerin.blogspot.com erin t
  17. priyaskraftkorner.blogspot.com Priya Mohan
  18. kathynakata.typepad.com Kathy Nakata
  19. madebyejp.blogspot.com Ezlie Perez
  20. thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com Karen Baker
  21. lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com Amy Courchaine
  22. dianespaperpassions.blogspot.com DianetheLibrarian
  23. christygetscrafty.blogspot.com Christiana Reuling
  24. stampinginspiredby.blogspot.com Jill Foster
  25. hobbyandideas.blogspot.com Isha
  26. lynseyreadswritescreates.blogspot.com Lynsey V.
  27. neatandtangled.blogspot.com Danielle Walls
  28. thecraftycorgi.blogspot.com Donna Bowman
  29. swavycreations.blogspot.com Cynthia
  30. stepstowardscrafting.blogspot.com Neha
  31. mbm-madebymary.blogspot.com Mary McCarthy
  32. mycupbrimswithtiddles.blogspot.com Tania A
  33. ujjwal-handmadewithlove.blogspot.com Ujjwal
  34. sew-ink.blogspot.com Amber R.
  35. deenahopkins.typepad.com Deena
  36. kbsmith34.blogspot.com Kristy Smith
  37. princessandthepaper.blogspot.com Jillian Vance
  38. hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com Ashley N Newell
  39. danielledaws.blogspot.com Danielle Daws
  40. prettypinkposh.blogspot.com Paulina Nakamura
  41. whimsicalcreations.blogspot.com Michele
  42. thedailymarker.blogspot.com Kathy Racoosin
  43. natashablackburn.com Natasha
  44. nomisneverendingworld.blogspot.com CiCi
  45. LoveMyScraps.com Melissa Shea
  46. dominodebi.typepad.com Deborah Nolan
  47. faithabigaildesigns.com Faith Abigail
  48. clips-n-cuts.com Vicky Papaioannou
  49. heathersscrappiness.blogspot.com Heather I.
  50. jesslarsen.blogspot.com Jess Larsen
  51. afkeyes.blogspot.com Anna K.
  52. purplepassioncreative.blogspot.com Brittney Baker
  53. funkycards.blogspot.com Madison
  54. 2-left-hands.blogspot.com Efrat S.
  55. ahacreations.blogspot.com Angie Ha
  56. jtcardmaking.blogspot.com Joy Taylor
  57. furandgreenfeathers.blogspot.com Lauren S.
  58. happystampingdesigns.blogspot.com Wendy Frederick
  59. flickr.com/photos/lissaaag Lisa Geraty
  60. visionsofpaper.blogspot.com Elizabeth Campau
  61. sandraea.blogspot.com Sandra
  62. creatingcasey.blogspot.com Casey Gainey
  63. preybueno.blogspot.com Patricia
  64. butterflyamandascreations.blogspot.com amanda
  65. brittaswiderski.com Britta Swiderski

So let’s get started. The first blog on your hop is the lovely Marie. Word on the street is that she has some videos for you!

Enjoy the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here as well. This counts as one of the stops on the hop. :)

Marie and Britta

Blog Hop Details – Blog Hop Starts at Noon on Friday, July 1!

28 Jun

***www.youngcraftersunite.com redirects here.***

important dates for the hop:

  • Friday, July 1st at 12:01 AM CST- 11:59 AM CST post hop posts to blogs
  • Friday, July 1st at noon CST blog hop begins
  • Monday, July 4th at 11:59PM CST last chance to comment on hop posts to be entered into drawings
  • Wednesday, July 6th at noon CST winners announced (36 hours after comments “close”)

The list of bloggers is now closed, but be sure to check back on Friday at noon CST to start hopping! There will be prizes up for grabs for randomly selected commenters. :)

We wanted to do this blog hop to give you all a chance to show off you crafting skills. We love to meet new crafters, and to see what they create and what they love. We also wanted to have this blog hop be a way for crafters to get the word out to fellow crafters about their blog or flickr stream. We all love having new people visiting our sites and commenting on creations we are proud of, right? By participating, you will be able to get new people to discover your site and your special creations. =) We will also have blog posts on each of our blogs after the hop is over where we will showcase some of the creations in the hop that we really loved. So there will be lots of exposure possible for your blog if you join in on this fun blog hop!

Our theme, Our Favorite Things was chosen to give you the opportunity to create a new project for the hop using so you can show off your skills to the blogging world. If you have a favorite company, a favorite stamp, a favorite colorscheme or a favorite crafty style, we’d love to see you create something showing that off. =) In addition to your new card or project for the blog hop, also feel free to share a favorite project of yours from the past. In other words, show us what you’ve got!

Well, there are so many ways in which you can be or feel young. It’s not only about age but often more about how you feel! Maybe coloring stamped images makes you feel like a kid playing with crayons again. Maybe you’re new in the crafting world and are learning about crafting like a child learns about the world. Maybe you like creating projects for children or using fun images that would suit both children and light-hearted adults alike? However you may feel young, in your crafting or in your everyday life, we would love for you to join in on this blog hop!

This blog hop will take place on July 1st. We encourage you to sign up as a participating blogger and to create something new and optionally show something you’ve made earlier that fits the theme of Our Favorite Things. To enter as a participating blogger, please add your name, email and main blog/flickr stream adress into the Inlinkz tool below, by 11:59 pm CST on June 27th, 2011. Make sure you use an email address where we can reach you at, because we will be emailing you with more information about the blog hop. Now, if you’re not able to participate in the blog hop as a blogger, please be sure to come back and participate in the blog hop as a hopper instead at noon CST on July 1st. (To convert the time of the blog hop -noon CST on July 1st, 2011- to your local time, use this time zone converter.) We’re sure you’ll walk away having seen a lot of wonderful crafty projects. =)

If you sign up to be a participating blogger, make sure to watch for an email with more information about the blog hop. The email will tell you all you need to know about what to post for the blog hop, when to post it and any other important information. Should you have any other questions though, please send them in an email to one of us. Britta’s email is: britta.swiderski@gmail.com and Marie’s email is: legojenta@hotmail.com.

Also, we wanted to let you know that there will be prizes to be won in this blog hop! The amazing Simon Says Stamp DeNami Design, Paper Smooches Stamps have graciously offered to sponsor the hop and have donated gift certificates and/or product to give away!


Main prizes will be given to participating bloggers, but we will also have a few prizes for lucky hoppers as well. Maybe that will give you that extra spark to join us? We certainly hope you will. =)